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As the wo​​rld struggles to provide a growing population with f​​ood, water and energy, we are unwittingly destroying the very ecos​​ystems that sustain us.


The rate of deforestation in Indonesia is accelerating faster than anywhere else on Earth — much of it to make room to grow commodities like rubber, palm sugar, palm oil, coffee and cocoa. Deforestation is further exacerbated by the limited options for sustainable livelihoods in local communities, where people turn to the forest in times of need or where alternative income-​​generating opportunities do not exist.



Our role

Along with USAID and the Walton Family Foundation, Conservation International is one of the founding members of the Sustainable Landscapes Partnership (SLP). Using the power of partnerships, we aim to provide a model for tackling global challenges — such as climate change, deforestation, competition for agricultural lands and declining access to clean water — while simultaneously improving economies.​​

In ​​the regencies of Mandailing Natal (Madina) and Tapanuli Selatan (Tapsel) in the North Sumatra province​​, we are working in partnership with the Ministry of Forestry, local government, private sector and local communities to implement replicable business models that foster green development, particularly through economic alternatives to deforestation.


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Edit Item Title:Low-emission development
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Edit Item Text:The SLP is supporting low-emission development and the improved conservation of biodiversity and natural resource management. It is also helping to create sustainable supply chains. The goal is to have a replicable model that illustrates the benefits to policymakers, like-minded private sector partners and the public that can ultimately be expanded to other geographies.
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Edit Item Title:Forest conservation
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Edit Item Text:In Indonesia, deforestation and forest degradation are the primary causes of the decline of terrestrial species such as orangutans, rhinos and tigers — all important elements of the ecosystem. Through the SLP, we are working with the public and private sector to conserve the forest and wildlife it contains.
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Edit Item Text:We are helping to create viable, sustainable economic opportunities for both local communities and global businesses. We identify and help reduce barriers to private sector participation in low-carbon development, thereby encouraging new investment in sustainable growth.
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    Edit Item Title:Developing strategic environmental assessments
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    Edit Item Text:CI is helping local governments develop a strategic environmental assessment, which will serve as a basis for a green development trajectory in the Mandailing Natal and South Tapanuli districts. This can be used as a stand-alone document to inform and influence spatial planning or as a more broad approach to environmental management.
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    Edit Item Title:Supporting community livelihoods
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    Edit Item Text:We work with the public and private sectors to train local farmers to improve the quantity and quality of commodities like rubber, cocoa and coffee. We also help them gain access to a more transparent market. Not only do these sustainable farming techniques support the protection of natural ecosystems, they also allow the farmers to fetch a higher price for their products.
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    Edit Item Title:Engaging with the private sector
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    Edit Item Text:CI is working with private companies and corporate partners to increase global investment and demand for sustainable commodities.
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    Edit Item Title:Increasing local knowledge
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    Edit Item Text:Educating the public is key to generating participation in and support for improved conservation, natural resource management, sustainable production and low-emission development. Through various media channels in Indonesia, CI is creating a public awareness campaign to increase local knowledge on relevant issues and improve the ability of local stakeholders to participate in the process.
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    Edit Item Title:Protecting forest and water supplies
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    Edit Item Text:Forests and the fresh water they provide are critical resources for Indonesia’s people. CI works with the public and private sectors to implement integrated watershed management to protect the forest and maintain the water supply. Collaborating with local government, CI is working in two key biodiversity areas — Batang Gadis in Madina and Batang Toru in Tapsel.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Night falls over Rio de Janeiro. © Nikada

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